Monitoring

A Breakdown of Protocol: how boats’ systems converse.

By | Posted February 2012

Know how the components of your helm—and the rest of the boat—communicate.

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Whole-Boat Electronics

By | Posted February 2012

Think about each component of your boat’s electronics to create a powerful system that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

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Rose Point Navigation

By | Posted January 2012

Do those old analog gauges on your boat's dashboard seem just a bit jittery and unreliable? Problem solved...

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Simrad NSS 12

By | Posted September 2011

Simrad lets you tinker with 99 percent of the unit’s functionality without touching knobs or buttons...

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Touchscreen Technology

By | Posted August 2011

Simple fingertip control and user-friendly operating systems combine to make powerful, intuitive electronics a reality.

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Tested: Pulse Tech's desulfator

By | Posted April 2011

Rejuvenation SensationDoes Pulse Tech's desulfator work?We test it on an aging battery to find out.These close-ups of lead-acid battery plates were supplied by Pulse Tech. In...

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What goes on inside your LCD screen.

By | Posted January 2011

Screen Test     New displays look great in both sun and shade. Here’s why.   We all spend hours looking at LCDs at home and at work as well as on our boats...

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Electronic Sentinel

By | Posted November 2009

Ever get the offshore heebie-jeebieies? I used to, back when I was running oceangoing tugs. The malady typically started with an imaginary change in engine pitch while we were...

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Maretron SIM & RIM

By | Posted February 2009

Maretron’s new Switch and Run Indicator modules—the $375 SIM100 and the $299 RIM100—are at the expanding frontier of NMEA 2000. Each plain black box can convert a variety of...

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Lowrance HDS Series

By | Posted February 2009

When Lowrance announced its all-new HDS Series in October, there seemed to be several valid rationales for the letters, which stand for “High Definition System.” All the plotter/...

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Yanmar Smart Check

By | Posted October 2008

YanmarYanmar Smart CheckUnfortunately you'll need Yanmar electronic engines like the BY, LY3, and SY Series (so far) plus at least one Raymarine E-120 to even consider plunking...

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Know the Flow

By | Posted September 2008

Ben EllisonThese gauges are using twin FloScan interfaces and GPS to calculate nm/gal and more.Oil! I won't belabor the pain felt at fuel docks this season, but I sure am glad to...

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Offshore Systems Pump Control and Tank Display

By | Posted September 2008

Offshore SystemsOffshore Systems Pump Control and Tank DisplayAs discussed in "Know the Flow", flow-based fuel management renders a tank gauge mainly useful for double-checking...

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